A trip with children in Dortmund: the most beautiful destinations for families

Zoo, museum or climbing hall? Dortmund has many excursion destinations for families with children.

Dortmund – The sun is shining, the weekend is approaching and the kids want to go out? Or that the announcement of rain and boredom can confuse the whole family? If you are looking for a great destination for a trip with kids, you are spoiled for choice in Dortmund, in the middle of the Ruhr region. Whether it’s a trip to the zoo, a picnic in Lake Phoenix, or fun and games at Westfalen Park – here are the most beautiful destinations for families and children.

city Dortmund
your location NRW, Central Ruhr
Children’s trips Dortmund Zoo, Westfalen Park, Lake Phoenix, BVB Stadium, Football Museum, Bergwerk Climbing Hall and much more

Trekking destinations in Dortmund for kids: The city in the Ruhr region is home to a zoo, museum and nature

For many, the best destinations for kids in Dortmund include the zoo, Westfalenpark, and the Hohensyburg nature stage. But the city in the Ruhr region has a lot to offer: swimming pools, ice rinks and climbing gyms are just a few examples that you can find among our suggestions for an exciting excursion with children.

Westphalia Park: The vast park in southern Dortmund has a lot to offer as well as a few playgrounds and an adventure track where kids can relax on giant wheels and hone their senses on the sensory walls: How about a trip to the Florian Tower or the Million Mundo Children’s Museum? If the distances in Westfalenpark are too far for you, you can tour the park in the well-ventilated heights using the cable car or take the mini train.

Lake Phoenix: There is a 3 km trail around the artificial lake that can be explored on foot, by bike, or by skis and snowboards. There are also three playgrounds with long slides, swings for nests and plenty of sand to play around the Phoenix See.

Dortmund Zoo: There is no doubt that once the animals at Dortmund Zoo have given birth to offspring, a visit to the large zoo is more worthwhile than ever. But Dortmund Zoo is also a highlight among excursion destinations in the Ruhr region. There are about 220 animal species to be discovered, including kangaroos, giraffes, rhinos, and flamingos. Kids can even touch and feed the animals in the petting zoo.

Dortmund: The most beautiful destinations for trips with children – from giant Taipei to the saltwater pool

Friedenbaum Park: Another wonderful park in Dortmund, which offers plenty of space for hiking and climbing on 63 hectares and many playgrounds. The “Big Tipi”, a huge Indian tent, is particularly exciting, and from April you can climb to your heart’s content on the high ropes course. Other highlights: the circular course, which is perfect for inline skates, and the mini golf courses.

Nature reservesDortmund borders several nature reserves that offer all children a true experience of nature. Whether it’s a trip to Bolmke Nature Reserve near the city center, to Bittermark or to Dorneywald – among tall beech trees and babbling streams, kids will find plenty of exciting things to discover at any time of the year. The Union for the Environment and Conservation of Nature (BUND) provides an overview of all the nature reserves in Dortmund.

The rhinoceros also lives in the Dortmund Zoo.

© City of Dortmund

Revierpark and leisure pool in Wischlingen: Also in Revierpark Wischlingen, several playgrounds and large lawns invite you to picnic and relax. If that’s not enough for you, you can also visit the Tree2Tree high ropes course at this trekking destination, go ice skating at the ice rink or swim in the saltwater pool in Wischlingen.

Excursions in Dortmund with children: meet Emma at the BVB stadium or the real bees in Rombergpark

Signal Iduna Park: Try Emma Live once! Or watch BVB on the pitch! Whether in the fan shop or on a playground tour – at Signal Iduna Park, kids can experience BVB’s live house.

Football Museum: Do you want more football? In the German Football Museum next to Dortmund Central Station, all visitors travel through the history of football. Memories of goosebumps moments for adults can not be ruled out. From the World Cup in Germany to the history of the Bundesliga – kids can fully immerse themselves in the world of football here.

Romberg Park Botanical GardenExotic plants, medicinal herbs, and educational apiary – there’s plenty for nature lovers to experience in the botanical garden. It is especially exciting for young children to watch the bees fly in and out of their hives. If this animal is not enough for you, then you can go on a trip to the neighboring zoo.

Dortmund: Picnic Destinations for Kids in Dortmund – Families Never Get Bored in the Ruhr Region

Hohensyburg: The ruins of Hohensyburg alone spark the imagination of children, who soon become knights and thieves in the old castle. If you want to experience more drama, you can watch plays and musicals outdoors on the Hohensyburg Nature Theatre.

climbing gym mine: On our 2,500 square meter climbing wall, not only kids but big climbers get their money’s worth. If you don’t feel like rope climbing, you can try your hand at the rocky area and unsafe climb on low walls. However, children who want to climb themselves must be a little older. Climbing courses begin at the age of six.

Climb to your heart’s content on the playground at Westpark – an exciting destination for children in Dortmund

© Stephanie Kleimann / City of Dortmund

Nature Museum: Dinosaurs taller a skyscraper. Stone age people to take selfies with them. And a room full of sparkling precious (semi-precious) stones. At the Dortmund Museum of Natural History, children cannot help but be amazed. In addition, there are many things worth knowing to learn on the three floors of the gallery.

And there are other great destinations to explore, like the Zollern Mine, Hansa Coal Factory, DASA, or the fairy tale theater in the Rodenberg Building. The Schultenhof adventure farm or the Schulte-Tigges educational farm are also worth a visit, as are the adventure playgrounds in the Scharnhorst or in the Westpark. One note: in Dortmund, the choice of excursion destinations for children is almost limitless.

List of rules: © Gerd P. Müller / Stefanie Kleemann / City of Dortmund; Collage: RUHR24

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